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250px-JTHM1How Far is Too Far?: Excessive Violence in Johnny the Homicidal Maniac

For centuries, writers all over the world have seen the word censorship as a dirty word. And rightly so. No self-respecting writer wants his/her intellectual property to be covered up as though it wasn’t good… [more]

Picture2Humbled – A Building Stories Non-Review

Let me be frank – this is not a review of Building Stories (Published by Pantheon Books, 2012) by Chris Ware (Published by Mr. and Ms. Ware, 1967). Nor is this an attempt at analysis,… [more]

mscsi2On My So-Called Secret Identity

My So-Called Secret Identity: not just principled, smart and promising, but repeatedly downright enjoyable. Every story contains any number of manifestos. The less a comic’s creators focus on a precise expression of their own beliefs,… [more]

Demo, Volume 1Demo Volume 1 Review

The first volume of Demo was an impulse buy for me. I knew nothing about it, although the cover image of a red and pink punk rock couple lost in a sea of dour, grey… [more]

The Way We Write coverThe Way We Write – A Review

The Way We Write by Rachael Smith centers on the actual band Her Name is Calla from England.  Unfamiliar with the music, I researched the band and found the music to be dense, atmospheric, and… [more]

Batman-The-Dark-Knight-Returns-Part-1On the Limits of Adaptation or What Can We Get Out of The Dark Knight Returns Movie?

The year 2012 brought with it something Batman fans, and comics fans in general, have been expecting for years; a large production from distinguished creators starring some well-beloved actors. I am talking, of course, about… [more]

Batman 17That Cowardly and Superstitious Batman, That Heartlessly Persecuted Joker: On Batman #17

Well, why doesn’t the Batman simply kill the Joker? You’d think the answer would be obvious. Yet fans the blogosphere over appear quite flummoxed, if not dangerously apoplectic, about the matter. The Joker can’t be… [more]

All_NEW_X_MEN_with_avengers-campbellMarvel Now-ish

One of the good things to come of Marvel Comics frankly insane shipping schedule in their latest relaunch scheme is that it allows the poor sideline commenter the chance to quickly appreciate the general trend… [more]

saga coverMike’s Favorite Comics of 2012 (Part 3)

We’re now up to the third and final title in my list of Favorite Comics of 2012. It’s a title that first caught my eye early last year when a promotional image for the comic… [more]

IMAGE 4Hawkeye: A Journey into the Comics Fourth Dimension

Matt Fraction, David Aja, and Matt Hollingsworth’s Hawkeye, the first issue of which hit the shelves in August of 2012 and has, since, gone through five more issues and a number of printings, is a masterful… [more]

250px-Hellboy_-_the_wild_hunt_cover[1]The Sword in the Stone Hand: The Arthurian Trends in Hellboy

In the literary arena, there are several myths that comic books pull from to feed their storylines. Often times, they come from Greek and Roman mythology, others come from the supernatural sources such as Bram… [more]

Darkness-Night-CoverA Review of Darkness Outside of the Night

I am fortunate to have enjoyed the opportunity to write for Sequart over the past year and a half.  From one-shot reviews, articles and editorials, to beginning to write selections for my serialized critical book,… [more]

Black Hole coverLooking into the Black Hole

Imagine being a teenager in the 1970s. It was a decade of absenteeism; latchkey kids, apathy toward drug use, and a blind eye to unsafe sex.

Deadbeats-graphic-novelSome Like It Azathoth: A Review of Deadbeats

Many readers seem to miss the humor in H.P. Lovecraft. Writers Chad Fifer and Chris Lackey are not among them. These hosts of the H.P. Lovecraft Literary Podcast have been finding the humor and the… [more]

image 1Picture Worth a Thousand Words: Prophet’s Emphasis on Visual Storytelling

With the end of year, “Best of” lists are a common sight, and Prophet by Brandon Graham, Simon Roy, Giannis Milonogiannis, and Farel Dalrymple seems to be on every one of them.

taleofsandTale of Sand: The Legacy of Jim Henson in the Graphic Medium

Jim Henson’s love for visual media has touched the hearts of millions, over successive generations in American television and mixed media.

Star Wars #1 (2013)A Review of Star Wars #1, “In the Shadow of Yavin”

Script: Brian Wood. Art: Carlos D’Anda. Colors: Gabe Eltaeb. Lettering: Michael Heisler. Cover Art: Alex Ross. Brian Wood is a creator who, over the past few years, has built an impressive resume working in the realm of both creator-owned… [more]

AAcovArcher and Armstrong Review

While all of Valiant’s comics are wonderful and imaginative stories, within their central premise there is a small piece that seems like it came from somewhere else.

dragongraphicnovel1[1]The Girl Who Was Let Down: Examining Volume I of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Graphic Novel Adaptation

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo has become a very recognized international brand. It started when a Swedish journalist Stieg Larsson wrote a few manuscripts that he intended to get published. It’s said that he… [more]

Doctor Who titlecardWhy I’m Down on Moffat

I love Doctor Who, but I’ve soured on Steven Moffat. I really didn’t want to write this, because I’ve really enjoyed Moffat’s Doctor Who. But I’ve long had deep reservations about it. I’ve kept these thoughts to myself,… [more]

scan1On The Phoenix: The Weekly Story Comic

The Phoenix is so purposefully targeted at such a specific audience that it can be hard for the rest of us to remember that it exists.

scan1On Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, by Sean Howe

Sean Howe begins his history of Marvel Comics in 1961 with publisher Martin Goodman ordering Stan Lee to produce a knock-off of rival DC’s new and successful Justice League of America.

scan1On The James Bond Omnibus Volume 004, by Jim Lawrence and Yaroslav Horak

Did we really used to take this pretty much for granted? In what was considered a respectable, family newspaper? It seems absurd now.

action-comics-2011The New 52: A Year in Review

When I opened Action Comics #1 and saw Superman, I was stunned.

scan1On Goliath by Tom Gauld

We all know how the story ends, of course, and as soon as Tom Gauld introduces us to his own take on the Philistine giant, we can guess much of what the route to his… [more]